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Rocks of Ages

Description : Student activity where they calculate the speed of a moving tectonic plate by using the ages of rocks across the Hawaii Island chain.  This is a great activity to show how hot spot evidence can provide us plate motion data. Class level : Middle School (and up) NGSS Mapping : MS-ESS2-3. Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions. Downloads : Rocks of Ages ...
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Ice sheet lakes in Maine

Description : Student classroom or homework activity using a topographic map, students mark the trends of lakes to work out the direction the ice sheets moved in the area.  They will use simple mapping of tends using a ruler and marker, and then work out trend directions using a simple compass rose. Class level : Middle School (and up) NGSS Mapping : MS-ESS2-2. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth's surface at varying time and spatial ...
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Mapping lava flows – using color to work out relative ages

Mapping lava flows using satellite images is a wonderful activity that you can do in your classroom.   In some locations, the color of the flows due to the weathering of the lava and the amount of revegetation can be a great exercise that students can use not only to develop spatial skills but as a basis for inclass scientific debate. Mapping lava flows Below is a screen shot of a Google Earth image of flows from the Mauna Ulu ...
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/ Resources, Rocks, Time Series, Volcanoes

How to experience an Earthquake

Often we have to teach about phenomenon, like an earthquake, that our students have never experienced.  We can read eyewitness accounts, watch videos and share stories - but nothing beats actually feeling the ground move.   Some are lucky enough to have a local science center that has an earthquake simulator - but still for many, even that experience is just inaccessible. However, you can build you very own earthquake simulator right in your very own classroom with nothing more ...
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/ General Earth Science, Resources

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STEM on an Active Volcano

This resource shows how the STEM fields can be used on an active volcano on the island of Hawaii.   The resource contains videos on each field (5-10 mins each), teaching notes and reproducible classroom activities to extend the learning with students.

STEM on an Active Volcano has been developed to provide teachers with materials that are aligned with the US New Generation Science Standards and Common Core mathematics practices.

COST:  US$24.95  (digital download of all materials)


Plate Tectonics – a simple guide

This simple guide will help you to understand the fundamental principles of the theory of plate tectonics. It covers the history of the theory, the structure of the Earth, the types of crust, the types of plate boundaries, evidence for plate tectonics and more. This is perfect for teachers, educators and students.

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